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Letter: Is NRA pushing for new Confederacy?

5:59 PM, May 8, 2013  |  Comments
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Where is the allegiance of the NRA? They recently chose for their president a man who says that the Civil War was "the War of Northern Aggression." That sounds like a statement in favor of slavery, plantation economics and for the secession of southern states. So, this is now the mindset of the NRA?

The new NRA president, James Porter from Alabama, calls our president a "fake president." He puts himself in the same league of deniers like Donald Trump, rejecting the president elected by citizens of this country.

Freedom of expression is an American right. And, it is by what we express that we are judged. The NRA put Porter in charge of their litigation despite his challenging the very credibility of our choice of president. Political descent is one thing; denying legitimacy of a duly elected president is another.

Not only that, the NRA chose Porter to lead their litigation efforts though he has stated that Attorney General Eric Holder is "rabidly un-American." The NRA has chosen a southern secessionist who despises the two most powerful African-American leaders in the country because their ethnicity.

And this is the man who will lead the NRA's drive to keep the flow of firearms to felons and the mentally ill by opposing universal background checks. Forty percent of firearm sales are done privately without background checks.

Where are the moderate NRA members who believe that the second amendment means the right of law abiding and mentally balanced citizens to own firearms to protect themselves and their families, to hunt and for sport? Porter's aim goes much further than that.

Porter recently repeated that he wants every U.S. citizen to be trained in the use of standard military firearms to defend themselves against tyranny. What tyranny; the imposition of civil rights by northern states?

Well, now NRA members need to support Porter's racist, pro-confederacy agenda? That message was well received by some in the South in the 50s. Is the NRA leading its members and the country back to that era?

Is this the agenda that you support?

Jerry Ugland

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